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Collapse Olmec Civilization

The Collapse of the Olmec Civilization

One of the earliest known civilizations in Mesoamerica is that of the Olmec. The mysterious collapse of the Olmec civilization has left historians puzzled for years. Mesoamerica is well-known for being one of the regions where the domestication of agriculture occurred independently. In the aftermath of the development of agriculture, polities and kingdoms gradually arose …

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Death Toll Plague of Justinian

The Death Toll During the Plague of Justinian

The Plague of Justinian was a terrible event in the mid-6th century CE, the death toll of which is among the highest in world history. In actuality the Plague of Justinian was a particularly severe outbreak of the bubonic plague. The outbreak in the 6th century lasted for nearly 200 years before ending, and is …

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Origin Pyrrhic Victory

The Pyrrhic War: The Origin of the Term “Pyrrhic Victory”

The Pyrrhic War was a series of battles fought between King Pyrrhus of Epirus and the Romans from 280 BCE – 275 BCE. This war is the origin of the phrase “pyrrhic victory.” A pyrrhic victory is a victory that is so devastating that in some ways it can be seen as a defeat. This …

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Causes Taiping Rebellion

The Causes of the Taiping Rebellion

1850 marked the beginning of a civil war in China unmatched in terms of death and destruction by any other internal conflict in history. The causes of this civil war, called the Taiping Rebellion, were numerous. The conflict arose between the ruling Qing Dynasty and a fanatical group called the Taiping Tianguo. While there have …

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Population during Haitian Revolution chart

Timeline of the Haitian Revolution

1791 marked the beginning of what would become one of the most shocking and impactful revolutions in history. The timeline of the Haitian Revolution would last from 1791-1804, and in that period thousands of former slaves would fight for their freedom. The Haitian Revolution was a complex web of affairs. At one point there were …

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Vikings Leave North America

Why did the Vikings Leave North America?

The Vikings were a legendary culture that left their mark all over the world. Their collective history generally dates back to the late 8th century and lasts until the late 11th century, which includes the Vikings expansion throughout Europe and the Americas. Just why did the Vikings eventually leave North America? The Vikings have been …

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Significance Treaty of Tordesillas

The Significance and Purpose of the Treaty of Tordesillas

In 1494 the kingdoms of Portugal and Castile (later Spain) came to an agreement over territorial disputes. This landmark agreement was called the Treaty of Tordesillas and proved to be of utmost significance over the following centuries. In the mid 15th century Europe was flush with trade networks especially for the lucrative spice and silk …

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Causes effects Irish Potato Famine

The Causes and Effects of the Irish Potato Famine

The Irish Potato Famine, or the “Great Famine” as historians call it, was a terribly deadly event in the mid 19th century. It was one of the last major famines in Western European history and perhaps most surprisingly happened next door to the world’s dominant power of the time. The famine was brought upon by …

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